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Sheffield United club staff are gearing up for Sunday's FA Cup Semi-Final clash against Hull at Wembley

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Lee Westwood: "I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good."

Lee Westwood bounced back from his third-round blip to win the Maybank Malaysian Open by seven strokes after a storm-delayed final round. Speaking to he said:

"It's a golf course that suits my game; it's very tight in certain areas. I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good."

– Lee Westwood

When asked if he is approaching his best form, the 40-year-old added: "It's _got the potential, although now I feel like I've got a short game and starting to roll a few putts in. It makes a hell of a difference if you can get up-and-down if you miss a few greens and keeps the momentum going."_


Leeds boxer Warrington takes on Munroe to defend title

Leeds' Josh Warrington celebrates defeating Hull's Samir Mouneimne in November 2013 Credit: Richard Sellars/PA

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title in Manchester tonight.

The 23 -year- old, who took the vacant crown with the first stoppage of his career in Hull last November - is up against the vastly more experienced Rendell Munroe, who's previously held both the Commonwealth and European belts.

McColl back from injury for Carnegie clash with Titans

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Leeds Carnegie will welcome back full back Stevie McColl from injury for Saturday's Greene King IPA Championship clash with Rotherham Titans at Sheffied's Abbeydale Stadium.

McColl has not played since suffering a freak hand injury in the win at Plymouth at the start of January but he returns for the run in for the play-offs. His return allows Glyn Hughes to move back to fly half after playing at full back in the win over Plymouth.


Hull KR coach praises players for dramatic derby win

Craig Hall drop goal snatched win for Robins Credit: PA

Craig Sandercock has praised his Hull KR players for keeping their heads to give him what he called his best win as coach.

The Robins saw off local rivals Hull FC 21-20 thanks to a Craig Hall drop goal with 46 seconds left, on a night when the video referee was one of the hardest working people in the ground.

The Robins had three tries denied at the screen and felt they had other decisions go against them, not to mention losing a 10-point lead before winning the game all over again.

"I'm happy the boys dug so deep under some extreme adversity. That's a year's worth in one night," the Australian said of the amount of decisions he felt had gone against his side.

"I'd have to say yes (his best win), considering the amount of adversity. I don't want to comment but I was very disappointed at a myriad of decisions.

At 20-16 ahead and with just under 10 minutes to go, Rovers sub James Green dropped the easiest of chances to score another try, shelling a pass a yard from an unguarded line.

Hull then scored through Fetuli Talanoa to make it 20-20, but Richard Whiting failed with the conversion and Hall won the day.

Fears over Sheffield's snooker future

Mark Selby is convinced Sheffield will eventually lose the World Championship to China.

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The Crucible Theatre has staged snooker's most prestigious tournament since 1977, and World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has repeatedly insisted it will stay there for as long as he runs the sport.

But Leicester cueman Selby, the world number three and former World Championship runner-up, doubts Sheffield will be able to keep the showpiece event beyond the short term.

The Crucible is assured of hosting the £1.2million tournament until 2017, under a deal struck last year with snooker chiefs, the BBC and Sheffield Council.

Mark Selby Credit: Press Association

But snooker's soaring popularity in China, a country that already hosts a growing number of high-profile events on the tour, means there has been growing speculation the sport's flagship tournament will eventually transfer there.

And 30-year-old Selby, who lost to John Higgins in the 2007 world final, expects the overseas move to come to fruition.

This year's World Championship begins in Sheffield on Saturday.

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